Pakistan lists six more coronavirus deaths, 515 infections in 24 hours

By: News Desk
Published: 08:34 AM, 31 Dec, 2021
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Pakistan has recorded another six deaths and 515 infections from coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Thursday), showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday morning.

The latest figures released by the NCOC suggested that after the addition of six new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,927 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,295,376 after adding the fresh 515 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), over 50,000 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 1.7 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 639.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), as many as 406 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,256,337. As of Friday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 10,112.

As many as 481,689 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 444,977 in Punjab, 181,370 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 108,618 in Islamabad, 33,633 in Balochistan, 34,660 in Azad Kashmir and 10,429 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 13,066 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,670 in Sindh, 5,928 in KP, 967 in Islamabad, 746 in Azad Kashmir, 364 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.



Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- New Year dampener -

Millions around the world brace for drastically curtailed New Year celebrations amid record coronavirus cases fuelled by the Omicron variant.

- More than one million cases - 

The number of daily new Covid-19 cases worldwide crosses one million for the first time since the pandemic began two years ago, according to an AFP tally of the week of December 23-29.

- J&J booster 85 percent effective -

A booster of US coronavirus vaccine Johnson & Johnson was 85 percent effective in preventing serious illness in areas where Omicron was dominant, a South African trial study indicates.

- Israel receives Covid pill -

Israel receives a first shipment of Pfizer's anti-Covid pill, with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett hailing it as critical as the country reports nearly 4,000 new cases Wednesday, a high not seen since September.

- Pope cancels Nativity visit -

Pope Francis has cancelled his traditional New Year's Eve visit to the Nativity scene in St Peter's Square over concerns of spreading coronavirus among the gathered crowds.

- French transit ban on Brits -

France says it will suspend during the year-end holidays a new rule that prevents Britons from transiting through the country to reach homes elsewhere in the European Union.

- German travel curbs -

Germany says it will lift in early January strict travel rules for people arriving from countries hardest hit by the Omicron coronavirus variant, notably the UK and several southern African nations.

- Don't go on a cruise -

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges Americans against cruise travel, even if vaccinated.

- Dutch hop the border -

Thousands of Dutch tourists flock to neighbouring Belgium to escape a tough Covid lockdown over the festive period, despite appeals from the authorities not to head across the border. 

- Portugal reduces quarantine -

Portugal becomes the latest country to reduce from 10 to seven days the period of self-isolation for asymptomatic Covid and contact cases.

- More than 5.4 million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,422,462 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally Thursday from official sources compiled by AFP.

Overall, the United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 822,920, followed by Brazil with 618,817, India with 480,860 and Russia with 307,948.

Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the World Health Organization estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

With inputs from AFP.